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Old 01-15-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Circular Needles Vs. Double-Pointed
I'd like to knit a hat for my mom, but the circular needle I have is too long at 24", so I can't join the round. I have a pair of double-pointed needles, and I think I can easily knit the hat on them, but I'm wondering if this would alter the gauge somehow, or mess up the pattern? Aren't double-pointed needles and circular ones essentially the same, in that I can use them to achieve the same results? Sorry, but I'm a bit confused! Not to mention broke, which is why I'm hesitant to go out and buy another pair of circulars!
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
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Yes, you can work with the dpns. They were around before circular needles. For a hat, you should be fine as long as the stitches fit.
There are ways to work small diameters with circulars, such as magic loop and knitting with two circs.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:56 PM   #3
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You can use the dpns just fine, but you may get a slightly different gauge on them. I do a lot of the time. I tighten up because of the extra needles, but not everyone does that, and you could adjust the pattern or just consciously knit looser if you find your gauge changes.
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You can actually knit a hat on 24" needles. I answered in your other thread -
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